Located in the little town of East Randolph, VT, High Ridge Meadows Farm , is a small, hillside farm on about 34 acres of fields and woods, owned and operated by Mary and Jim Moran. We raise certified organic grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as certified organic, pastured poultry, and produce our own pure maple syrup. In addition, we grow certified organic vegetables, herbs, garlic & onions.
Our cattle are Devon, Hereford, Angus, and our newest addition, Blonde d'Aquitaine and their crosses, all of which do especially well on pasture. We strive to give each animal plenty of space to graze, utilizing rotational grazing methods. Giving them lots of room helps to keep them healthy and happy.
We raise organic, grass fed, purebred Icelandic sheep for meat, fleece, and cheese. Our sheep fleece is beautiful and is processed without harsh chemicals .
Last year we added a wonderful, hardy, new sheep breed, the Katahdin (as in Mt. Katahdin, Maine) which is raised primarily for its lean, mild meat. we hope to be able to offer lamb on a more year round basis soon.
We pasture raise organic chickens for meat and eggs. We hope to have a nice flock of ducks this year; Muscovy as well as Peking. Our Guinea fowl last year did a wonderful job of canvassing the fields for bugs!
In the late winter we produce our own maple syrup, which has become a passion for us. After having attended a couple of seminars on maple sugaring, we have installed tubing which will increase our production, but we still enjoy hanging buckets close to the house.
All of our animals are raised using organic standards, spend the grazing season on pasture and are fed organic hay during the winter months. We practice rotational and mixed species grazing. Our animals have continual access to the fresh air and free choice shelter from the elements (even in winter!), and we never use antibiotics, hormones, or medicated feeds.
All of our ruminants ( cattle and sheep) ,are completely grass raised and finished. Our meat is processed nearby at a local USDA inspected facility which cuts, vacuum seals and freezes our beef and lamb. Poultry is pastured, fed a certified organic feed, and is processed on farm, and /or at a USDA facility. We raise healthy, happy animals -- grass fed and grass finished, which produce healthy, great tasting meat.